Preventing Heart Failure

VALLEY STREAM, NY – There are approximately six million people in the U.S. who have heart failure, which is categorized by the heart’s inability to pump enough blood to the parts of the body as needed. Here are some steps people can take to avoid heart failure or, if they already have this condition, to more effectively manage it. Those at risk of having heart failure include people with a genetic predisposition and people who have some cardiovascular risk factors, including hypertension and diabetes, says David A. Friedman, MD, chief of heart failure services at Franklin Hospital. Some steps to avoid heart failure include having a nutritious diet, exercise and managing any pre-existing conditions such as pre-diabetes, including any associated medication adherence, he says.

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